Ever feel like you just don’t have the time for a proper skincare routine? Skin pastes are the latest innovation for when you need a quick skin fix.
If the transition into winter is leaving your skin drier than normal and pollution is dulling your complexion (despite your rigorous cleansing routine), there are products that can help you out instantly.
Skin pastes are quick fixes for when your complexion needs that extra bit of care. They aren’t meant to replace products from your daily skin care routine and there’s no need to use them every day. Similar to the idea of multi-masking, they can be used simultaneously on various areas of the face.
Here’s our round-up of some pastes out there that deliver the best results…
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Plenaire Violet Paste Overnight Blemish Solution
This skin paste is perfect for spot treating, well… spots. It contains salicylic acid to decongest pores, zinc oxide to neutralise any lingering bacteria and azelaic acid to reduce any inflammation. Apply in a thick layer over spots before bed, and you should wake to find a calmer complexion.
Liz Earle Cica Restore Skin Paste
This skin paste helps improve the tone and texture of your skin whilst boosting hydration and brightening the complexion.
The star ingredient is K-Beauty hero Centella Asiatica (CICA), which is known for its restorative benefits. The product needs to be applied onto clean skin and left on overnight. Come morning, your complexion will be visibly refreshed.
No7 Laboratories Clearing Skin Paste
With 2% Glycolic Acid, this paste is ideal for skin that feels clogged due to pollution and excess oil. You can either apply it to problem areas only, or leave it on overnight for a gentle chemical exfoliation.
It’s mild enough to be used on all skin types and promotes a more balanced complexion in the long run when used regularly (recommended usage is two to three times a week).
YourGoodSkin Cica Repair Sleep Paste
Functioning like an overnight mask, this paste is best applied all over the skin before bed. Its raison d’etre is to fortify the skin barrier, hence why it’s packed full of green tea and vitamin C-based antioxidants, as well as centella asiatica, a herb known for its skin-healing properties.
Lixirskin Vitamin C Paste
If your skin appears dull, look into vitamin C. This treatment can be applied every morning to cleansed skin. As well as brightening your complexion, it also works to boost the efficacy of your SPF and improves hyperpigmentation over time.
Malin + Goetz 10% Suflur Paste
With 10% Sulfur to actively treat spots and zinc oxide to reduce scarring, the targeted paste will help you clear any breakouts.
Simply apply onto clean skin with the tip of a cotton bud and leave on until the paste has hardened (ideally whilst you sleep). You can then simply rinse it off to reveal a clearer complexion.
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